ACBHE is an independent, Texas based,
non-profit corporation. Our purpose is to be an accrediting agency to
small Bible colleges, specialized schools, institutes and seminaries,
which handle distance, external study programs and/or resident programs.
We invite applicants from those institutions that would not qualify
for, or do not want the governmental connection with, regional accreditation.
We also welcome applications from those who have been denied by other
Since we believe in the right of separation
of church and state, we have not, nor will we ever, apply to the U.S.
Department of Education for any affiliation with the government. In
other words, we are not a regional accreditation agency.
When an institution becomes accredited
it indicates their willingness to become examined by a third party organization.
It openly allows analysis of their policies and practices. Accreditation
is purely voluntary in nature. Yet, accreditation of a Bible college
or seminary gives a "seal of approval" for those who are attempting
to find out where they would like to attend school. Through ACBHE, even
the smallest educational establishment can distinguish itself as an
accredited body of higher learning.
The ACBHE was formed to be an effective
alternative for many Institutions to acquire accreditation for the courses
they offer. Many Institutions offer quality education in the Theological
area but do not meet the exacting level of corporate standards set by
a majority of the accrediting bodies. ACBHE recognizes the exceptions
made to smaller or more specialized educational Institutions and serves
to address this need.
The ACBHE recognizes that quality training
and education for Theological studies are presently offered in varying
formats and delivery systems; the students prove the effectual rewards
of this education. ACBHE will validate these worthy Institutions and
offer quality assurance and Theological Accreditation at no cost to
Theological Accrediting is not in any way
derived from the US Department of Education.
BODY HAS US-DOE AUTHORITY
FOR THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
The Bible and all Theological studies fall
outside of academic authority set by the US-DOE. All Institutions that
offer DOE Accreditation do so through additional academic studies and
are listed as liberal arts Institutions. This causes the dedicated Theological
Institutes to be excluded from the covering of recognized accreditation.
The ACBHE is a Christian based foundation
that is dedicated to the specialized area of Theological Education.
No other secular corporate structure or alternate studies need to be
addressed for the receiving of ACBHE Accreditation. Institutes are reviewed
based upon their Theological studies alone. ACBHE upholds the division
of church and state and does not require the government's permission
or approval to endorse an Institute for third party accreditation that
is awarded for Theological studies through this Foundation.